The human body is not static. Over time, you are likely to lose weight, gain weight, show signs of aging, and more — all natural parts of a healthy life.
However, not all of these changes are welcome. Sun damage can cause skin to become baggy and discolored. Age can create wrinkles and further skin sag.
And sometimes, positive changes can bring about unwelcome consequences. Take, for example, weight loss; while losing a few pounds may make one feel more confident, it can also result in excess skin, causing one’s confidence to decrease.
An area where this is incredibly apparent is the buttocks. Over time, the buttocks may begin to sag or lose its desired shape. Adding weight loss and other factors into the equation, the buttocks may change shape entirely, and it is understandable why one would seek a butt lift.
At our Milwaukee, Wisconsin offices, we’ve heard all of the questions there are about butt lifts. In this article, we’re going to go over what every Wisconsinite should know before undergoing this common procedure.
What is a Butt Lift?
A butt lift is a procedure that reshapes the gluteal area by removing or adjusting existing skin. In the process of doing this, a surgeon may add volume to certain areas and take away volume from others in order to create the desired shape. Removal is performed by removing excess skin and fat.
In our practice, we have found that butt lifts are frequently best paired with butt augmentation. In this process, fat is removed from another part of the body and selectively placed in the buttocks. This allows for a more uniform shape while maintaining the desired look of the buttocks. The areas from which fat is removed to accomplish this include the abdomen, hips, inner thighs, outer thighs and flanks, though we will work with you to find a suitable area from which to remove fat.
The procedure itself should occur in a fully accredited hospital or surgical center as an outpatient procedure and will typically last three to four hours. In the seven to ten days following the procedure, you will be asked to wear a specialized compression garment and avoid directly sitting on your buttocks in order to assist in the healing process.
What Does Recovery from a Butt Lift Look Like?
It’s important to note that the way your butt looks immediately following the procedure is not how it will look after it’s fully recovered.
There are a few reasons for this. First, the period immediately following the surgery will be one with a lot of swelling. This swelling may not be uniform and will not provide an accurate picture of your butt lift results.
Next, with augmentation, numerous fat grafts are made into the buttocks. Plastic surgeons intentionally put more than the desired number of fat grafts into the buttocks, as anywhere from 30% to 50% of the grafts will be removed naturally by the body during the recovery process.
While this may seem frightening, a good surgeon like Milwaukee’s Dr. Bosbous will walk through the procedure with you before it actually takes place, ensuring you have a realistic expectation of the results before you actually go through with the butt lift. Furthermore, if a surgeon like Dr. Bosbous believes multiple procedures are necessary to achieve your desired look, they will be honest with you up front, telling you everything you need to know about the lift and augmentation and what the next steps will look like.
I Have Questions — Who Should I Talk To?
Before anyone else, you should discuss your questions with your surgeon.
The internet is full of misinformation about butt lifts — or, if the information isn’t intentionally deceitful, it may simply not apply to the specifics of your desired procedure.
This is why finding the correct surgeon is an absolute must. In another blog post, we’ve laid out everything you need to do to find the right plastic surgeon for your butt lift in Milwaukee. Click here to read the full post.
Butt lifts are a common procedure performed thousands of times a year. However, before one commits to getting the buttocks of their dreams, it’s important to know the many factors that go into getting the right procedure for you.
If you’re interested in booking a consultation, get in touch via our contact page today.